Solar-Powered Proteins Filter Antibiotics from Water

ISLAMABAD, Apr 20 – A tiny solar-powered filter made of two bacterial proteins absorbs more than 50 percent more of the pollutants.

In addition, the filter – developed by a team at the University of Cincinnati – can release the captured antibiotics so they can be reused, Voice of America reported.

Antibiotics and chemicals enter waterways through sewage and run-off from yards and farms. They can breed resistant bacteria and kill helpful microorganisms, degrading the health of aquatic ecosystems.

The nano-filters, each smaller than the diameter of a human hair, employ a protein used by drug-resistant bacteria to excrete waste, but the researchers have turned it around so it sucks compounds in. Another protein, which responds to sunlight, provides the pumping power for the filter.

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Financial meltdown was caused by too many bankers taking cocaine, says former government drugs tsar Prof David Nutt

Academic, who was sacked for comparing the dangers of ecstasy with horse riding, said abuse of cocaine caused the financial meltdown

By Rob Williams

The former Government drugs tsar, Professor David Nutt, has said the financial crisis was caused by too many bankers taking cocaine.

The controversial academic, who was sacked for claiming that ecstasy was as safe as horse riding, told the Sunday Times that abuse of cocaine caused the financial meltdown.

“Bankers use cocaine and got us into this terrible mess,” he told the paper adding that the drug made them “overconfident” and led to them taking more risks.

Nutt, who is professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, claimed that cocaine was perfect for a banking “culture of excitement and drive and more and more and more. It is a ‘more’ drug”.

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Europe in Bad Shape, Would U.S. & Canada Follow

Austerity Is Killing Europeans — Literally. Why Are We So Determined to Follow In Their Footsteps?

What can we learn from Europe’s misery? For our political leaders the answer seems to be: Nothing.

By Richard Eskow

How much sicker does the patient have to get before the doctors stop prescribing poison?

Here are some selected news stories out of Europe:

New York Times: ”Unemployment in Euro Zone Reaches a Record High”
WSJ: “Sixth Quarter of Contraction Looms for Euro Zone”
Der Spiegel: “Shredded Social Safety Net: European Austerity Costing Lives”
WSJ: “Spain Says Budget Gap Is Wider Than Reported”
New York Times: “European Car Sales Point to Continuing Slump”
WSJ: “Italy Unable to Form Government”
New York Times: “Debt Rising in Europe”

Paul Krugman’s right: This isn’t a recession. It’s  Europe’s Second Depression, and it’s on track to last even longer than the first one. Austerity economics has been imposed across most of the Eurozone, to a greater or lesser degree, with devastating economic results:  This is Europe’s sixth consecutive quarter of economic contraction.

Europe’s Austerity Recession (or Depression) has now lasted longer than the one brought on by the financial crisis of 2008.

The first downturn was brought on by private greed and public negligence. This one’s been brought on by public insanity fueled by private interests.

And the austerity poison is literally deadly: The Lancet, a respected medical journal, reports a sharp increase in suicides and epidemics as the rest of European austerity measures.

There’s at least one heartwarming story to come out of all this misery. Greek and Cypriot entertainers held a  concert on Cyprus– a “mini-Live Aid,” if you will – and instead of charging admission, organizers asked people to bring food for Cypriot families who can’t afford food.

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